Emily Adams Bode has been announced as the first-ever winner of the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, for her designs under her eponymous label BODE. Her up-and-coming label focuses on luxury menswear that creates one-of-a-kind garments using deadstock fabrics found in abandoned factories. According to the designer, “each of BODE’s tailor-made garments tells a beautiful story of old and new.”
“When I first applied for the prize and read about its history, that’s what I was most intrigued about. A prize like this is founded in changing people’s understanding of materials and material culture. You can imagine that when Karl showed his designs, people were surprised by them. That’s what this prize is all about: being innovative with wool, using it in new ways, printing it, patchworking it, and all sorts of different methods. It’s an honour to follow in his footsteps,” she continued.
According to the foundation behind the award, “the inaugural Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation honours his creativity, cutting-edge innovation, original perspective and forward-thinking attitude. It was initiated to recognize a designer who pushes the boundaries of what is possible — from design, supply chain and processing to a future-focused environmental and social impact. It will be awarded annually, as part of the International Woolmark Prize.”
As the Prize winner, Bode will also receive $65,000 to develop her ideas and support her fashion brand.